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By The Teacher Next Door
This Solar System Play is an original script I wrote for my class as an end of the year performance for parents and students but it may also be used as a space review! It's filled with good scientific information about the sun, moons, planets, and
Subjects:
Reading, Science, Drama
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Scripts
$4.00
439 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
Author's Purpose is an 81 page packet filled with passages, task cards, graphic organizers, worksheets, posters, writing activities, a foldable, a concentration game and more! Everything you need is here to teach Author's Purpose in an engaging way!
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Games, Task Cards
$7.00
329 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
This 73 page Figurative Language Unit has everything you need to teach seven types of figurative language including idioms, metaphors, similes, hyperbole, alliteration, onomatopoeia and personification. This unit includes teaching pages, practice
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Worksheets, Task Cards
$7.00
361 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
This "I Wanna Be a Rock Star" play is an original one I wrote for my class as an end of the year performance for parents and students but it is also a great activity during a rocks and minerals science unit. The play is filled with excellent
Subjects:
Reading, Science, Drama
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Scripts
$4.00
300 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
Author's Purpose for 3rd grade is an 81 page packet filled with 6 double sided passages (3 are multiple choice and 3 are open-ended), 32 task cards, graphic organizers, posters, writing activities, a foldable, a concentration game, and more!
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Posters, Task Cards
$7.00
176 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
Task Cards: Close Reading Question Stems for Teachers is a comprehensive set of 148 questions on color coded task cards that teachers can use with any Close Reading text. All of these questions are designed to help your students practice digging
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Handouts, Task Cards
$8.00
$6.00
228 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
This Context Clues for 2nd Grade Task Card Bundle has 3 sets of task cards (96 cards) that will help your students practice identifying word meaning using context clues. Each card has a short story with a second grade vocabulary word (underlined)
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Games, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
CCSS:
RF.2.4c
$10.50
$7.35
223 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
The Close Reading Using Informational Text for 3rd Grade is a 56 page reading unit with handouts, posters, and 8 different passages including historical, biographical, scientific, and technical texts. All of the close reading materials are designed
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Posters
$7.00
176 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
This Weather Play is an original one that I wrote for my class as an end of the year performance for parents and students but it may also be used as part of a weather unit in science. Not only does it contain excellent science information about the
Subjects:
Reading, Science, Drama
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Scripts
$4.00
169 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
This bundle of 20 Reading Games includes 340 pages, which target key reading comprehension skills for 4th/5th grades, and make great, interactive centers. There are 10 Nonfiction Reading Games and 10 Fiction Reading Games, which are engaging for
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
$61.50
$40.00
213 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
This Text Evidence game helps your students practice identifying text evidence while using a motivational Tic-Tac-Toe game format. Your students will enjoy the engaging passages while practicing this tricky skill! The game is easy prep for busy
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RI.4.8, RI.5.8
$3.50
93 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
These 32 Context Clues Task Cards will help your third grade students practice the important reading strategy of using context clues to figure out word meanings. Each task card has a short story including a 3rd grade vocabulary word and asks
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Games, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
CCSS:
RF.3.4c
$3.50
86 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
These 32 Figurative Language Task Cards will help your students practice identifying seven different types of figurative language. Kids will read the phrase on each card and determine whether it is a simile, idiom, metaphor, hyperbole, alliteration,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Games, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$3.50
93 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.54 MB)
By The Teacher Next Door
This Main Idea Kit targets reading comprehension and includes a huge set of differentiated activities for scaffolding. There are 5 main idea passages (each in 3 different reading levels), 3 sets of task cards, 3 games, 3 sorts, and 3 matching
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$16.00
$12.00
92 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
This Informational Text Sort reinforces an important nonfiction reading comprehension skill, while using a fun format. Your students will enjoy identifying nonfiction text structures, while completing this sort as a center, for one on one help, or
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RI.4.5, RI.5.5
$1.00
77 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
These 32 Context Clues Task Cards will help your second grade students practice the important reading strategy of using context clues to figure out word meanings. Each task card has a short story including a 2nd grade vocabulary word and asks
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Games, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
CCSS:
RF.2.4c
$3.50
86 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
This Task Card Bundle for Idioms has 3 color coded sets with a total of 96 task cards which will help your students learn and review the meaning of idioms. These cards are perfect for all students whether they are English speakers, ESL students, or
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Games, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$9.75
$6.50
69 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
This Inference Game is a motivating way to give your students practice making inferences using pictures, to reinforce this reading comprehension skill. The game format is engaging for students, but easy to prep and manage for the busy teacher.
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.5.1
$3.00
25 ratings
4.0
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By The Teacher Next Door
These 32 Task Cards are Valentine's Day themed and will help your students practice identifying the three main types of author purposes. Students will read the Valentine's Day scenarios on each card and determine whether the author's purpose was to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Games, Task Cards
$3.25
58 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.16 MB)
By The Teacher Next Door
These 32 Context Clues Task Cards for 2nd Grade will help your students practice the important Common Core reading strategy of using context clues to figure out word meanings. Each task card has a short story including a 2nd grade vocabulary word
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Games, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
CCSS:
RF.2.4c
$3.50
45 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.51 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Hi! My name is Jenn Larson and I have been an elementary teacher for over 20 years and have taught all grades at least once (K - 5), but upper elementary grades are my favorites! Teaching is in my blood as my mother and father were both teachers and one of my brothers works as a professor of history. My daughter is currently in college to become a third generation teacher! Besides teaching, I am a published author! My first book is called "Perfectly Logical! Challenging Fun Logic Puzzles and Brain Teasers for Smart Kids.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Teaching to the whole child is important to me and while I want my students to do well on standardized tests, and work towards that end, I have never felt that tests were the most important thing that I teach. I believe in motivating kids to become life long learners, while modeling the character traits that they need to grow into happy, well-adjusted adults. I love to add humor to the learning day and try to make even the most dull subject come to life. I truly care about the kids I teach and want them to have the best year possible.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have served as a mentor teacher, training student teachers. I was selected to be a school representative for the Curriculum Council and am currently on the District Common Core Committee. I was awarded the Woman of the Year for 2013 - 2014 by the National Association of Professional Women.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a BA in Psychology and a Master's in Curriculum/Instruction.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have two kids, a son who is married and works in San Diego and a daughter who is still in college, working to become a teacher! I have three rescue cats too!

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